Most subway turnstile jumpers will no longer be prosecuted in Manhattan.
That's according to District Attorney Cyrus Vance's office.
In September, his office began offering diversion programs and adjournments for most subway fare evasion cases.
But police continued making arrests at a pace greater than anticipated.
Under the new policy, turnstile jumpers will only be prosecuted if they are on a list as a known public safety risk.
Vance say this will allow his office to concentrate on prosecuting more serious offenses while also preventing low-income people from getting a criminal record for a minor infraction.
"We really need to have a response which is proportionate to the offense and in our view, arrest and prosecution for evading a subway fare does not necessarily justify a criminal case and all the resources that then go into that," Vance said.
In a statement, City Councilmember Rory Lancman supported the decision, saying: "New York City can hold people accountable for fare evasion without running them through the criminal justice system, I applaud DA Vance for implementing this smart policy."